Santa Clara University


2009 New Music Festival

Wednesday Nov. 4th, Noon
Joan Tower in Conversation

Friday Nov. 6th, 8pm
The Music of Joan Tower & Bay Area Composers

Saturday Nov. 7th, 8pm
The Music of Joan Tower

All performances will take place in the SCU Music Department Recital Hall.

The SCU Department of Music and Center for Performing Arts proudly announces the 2009 New Music Festival, featuring the music of renowned composer Joan Tower.Composer Joan Tower

Joan Tower's music is noted by a number of defining qualities: driving rhythms and colorful orchestrations influenced by the sounds and sensations of a childhood spent in South America; approachability for listeners and players alike, resulting from her engagement with the performers of her music (often written with specific musicians in mind) and her own performances as a pianist. Early works were serial in conception. In the 1970s she moved toward more tonal, Messiaen-like sonorities. She has written a number of works paying homage to composers such as Beethoven (

Concerto for Piano), Stravinsky (Petroushskates), and Copland (Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman).

Joan Tower was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission, for orchestra aptly titled Made in America. Its top-selling recording won three 2008 Grammy awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

For more information on Joan, please visit her website.

Along with the music of Joan Tower, the Friday evening performance will feature works by Bay Area composers Joel Friedman, Pamela Layman Quist, Jack Perla and Patricia Plude; with a special performance of SCU Music Major Sally Mitchell's recently commissioned choral work Plegaria de Liberación.

For more information on Sally and this piece, please visit

This festival is made possible by the generous support of Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grants - a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley, with additional support from the Aaron Copland Fund, Thomas and Kamala Buckner, the SCU Department of Music, the SCU Office of the President and the SCU Center for Performing Arts

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